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RACINE ⏤ A fire in the kitchen of a duplex on South Memorial Drive resulted in a minor injury  Saturday evening.

The Racine Fire Department responded to a duplex at 1637 S. Memorial Drive at 11:19 p.m. Saturday on a reported fire in a downstairs kitchen. When they arrived, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and aired out the residence.

A relative of the first-floor tenant went to the hospital in a personal vehicle to get medical care, the department stated in a release.

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There were no other injuries at the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

The department estimates damages at $30,000 to the structure and $5,000 to its contents.

“The RFD reminds citizens to always leave a residence when a fire occurs and to have a predetermined meeting spot so everyone can be accounted for,” the department said in a released statement. “In this incident, all of the first-floor residents met in the front yard and were accounted for. 

“This made it possible for firefighters to swiftly extinguish the fire.”

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Daniel Thompson is an independent journalist and the founder of The Uptown Observer based in the Kenosha, Wis., area. He started in journalism at the Western Nebraska Observer in 2012 and, most notably,...